Russia Will Search for Extraterrestrial Life Amid Budget Cuts

Russia Will Search for Extraterrestrial Life Amid Budget Cuts

The Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, has stated its intent to search for extraterrestrial life despite losing 35 percent of its budget. According to a draft of the federal space program’s goals for 2016-2025 that was made public on Thursday, April 23, Russia plans to launch several spacecraft designed to find alien life. The project includes sending satellites and interplanetary missions to Mars and Earth’s moon. The announcements come at a time when Russia’s space efforts come into doubt as the nation faces an economic crisis. Taking into account the state of the economy and the political situation, the reduction of the state program’s financing and the increased cost of works, the budgetary requirements forRussia’s Federal Space Program (FSP) through 2025 will be approximately 2 trillion rubles ($37 billion). The program is expected to be submitted to the government by June 10, 2015. Roscosmos Science and Technology Committee held its regular session on April 14 to discuss the main items of the draft of Russia’s FSP and to approve the project. “It should be noted that the volume of budget financing is extremely minimal to ensure the implementation of the plans related to the space activity of Russia,” said Yuri Koptev, the chairman of the committee. “To improve the effective use of budgetary funds in the creation of competitive products of the rocket and space technology, the Science and Technology Committee recommended that Roscosmos develop the advance project as the initial stage of the development work before signing the state contracts for new development works.” Read More: SpaceFlight Insider
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